[VIDEO] [BOOK] [AUDIO] MATING MIND – GEOFFREY MILLER: The book that made more sense of the world around me than any other I had ever read

A MIND MADE FOR MATING! by @JasonSilva

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Edited by CITIZEN
Music by SECESSION
Footage by Shutterstock, Imaginaty Foundation, and..

Inspired by Geoffrey Miller and his book “THE MATING MIND”

The Human Brain is essentially a sexual Ornament, a “courtship device”, so that it’s extraordinary capacities for art, language, poetry, are but human versions of the peacock feather, used to capture and manage the attention of potential mates. And with the advent of culture, we still employ these extraordinary capacities, these “technologies of rhetoric” to ‘capture the attention’ of others, except no longer to spread our genes but to spread our MEMES, a new replicator, born from the primordial soup human culture.. one that leaps and spreads… All of this is still perfectly natural, we’ve just swapped sperm for the currency of digital information– but as Dawkins said, biological life has been an information technology all along: “If you want to understand life, do not think of throbbing gels or oozing liquids, think about information technology”

“What lies at the heart of every living thing is not a fire, not warm breath, not a ‘spark of life.’ It is information, words, instructions,” – Richard Dawkins

“The human mind’s most impressive abilities are like the peacock’s tail: they are courtship tools, evolved to attract and entertain sexual partners.”

nytimes.com/books/first/m/miller-mating.html

What Makes Ideas Travel: (Is there a signature for virality written into certain MEMES?) 
blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/11/think_like_an_information_dj.html

“Men write more books. Men give more lectures. Men ask more questions after lectures. Men post more e-mail to Internet discussion groups. To say this is due to patriarchy is to beg the question of the behavior’s origin. If men control society, why don’t they just shut up and enjoy their supposed prerogatives? The answer is obvious when you consider sexual competition: men can’t be quiet because that would give other men a chance to show off verbally. Men often bully women into silence, but this is usually to make room for their own verbal display. If men were dominating public language just to maintain patriarchy, that would qualify as a puzzling example of evolutionary altruism–a costly, risky individual act that helps all of one’s sexual competitors (other males) as much as oneself. The ocean of male language that confronts modern women in bookstores, television, newspapers, classrooms, parliaments, and businesses does not necessarily come from a male conspiracy to deny women their voice. It may come from an evolutionary history of sexual selection in which the male motivation to talk was vital to their reproduction.”
― Geoffrey Miller, The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature

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The Ape and the Lady

A LADY fair, of lineage high,
Was loved by an Ape, in the days gone by –
The Maid was radiant as the sun,
The Ape was a most unsightly one –
So it would not do –
His scheme fell through;
For the Maid, when his love took formal shape,
Expressed such terror
At his monstrous error,
That he stammered an apology and made his ‘scape,
The picture of a disconcerted Ape.

With a view to rise in the social scale,
He shaved his bristles, and he docked his tail,
He grew moustachios, and he took his tub,
And he paid a guinea to a toilet club.
But it would not do,
The scheme fell through –
For the Maid was Beauty’s fairest Queen,
With golden tresses,
Like a real princess’s,
While the Ape, despite his razor keen,
Was the apiest Ape that ever was seen!

He bought white ties, and he bought dress suits,
He crammed his feet into bright tight boots,
And to start his life on a brand-new plan,
He christened himself Darwinian Man!
But it would not do,
The scheme fell through –
For the Maiden fair, whom the monkey craved,
Was a radiant Being,
With a brain far-seeing –
While a Man, however well-behaved,
At best is only a monkey shaved! 

–William Schwenck Gilbert (1836 – 1911)

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Australian Broadcasting Corporation

ABC’S ‘ALL IN THE MIND’ AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S ZONE RADIO SHOWS’ SPECIAL: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHARLES DARWIN

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First broadcast: Saturday 14 February 2009 1:00PM

The human animal is a complex beast—we mate, fight, emote, and socialise in curious ways. Charles Darwin’s theories continue to provoke controversy over how and why we behave the way we do. Join leading evolutionary scientists and philosophers in this one-hour special, as presenters Alan Saunders and Natasha Mitchell consider how Darwin radically influenced the life of the mind.

Guests

Martin DalyProfessor of Psychology 
McMaster University 
Hamilton 
Ontario, Canadahttp://psych.mcmaster.ca/dalywilson/

Stephen GaukrogerProfessor 
Department of Philosophy 
University of Sydneyhttp://www.arts.usyd.edu.au/departs/philos/staff/profiles/sgaukroger.shtml

Colin GrovesProfessor of Biological Anthropology 
Australian National University 
Canberra 
Australiahttp://arts.anu.edu.au/arcworld/aboutus/groves.htm

Delton HedgesPhd candidate 
School of Philosophy 
University of Tasmaniahttp://fcms.its.utas.edu.au/arts/philosophy/index.asp

Michael RuseLucyle T. Werkmeister Professor 
Director of History & Philisophy of Science Program 
Florida State Universityhttp://www.fsu.edu/~philo/new%20site/staff/ruse.htm

Jonathan MarksProfessor of Anthropology 
Uuniversity of North Carolina 
Charlotte 
North Carolinahttp://personal.uncc.edu/jmarks/

Geoffrey MillerAssociate Professor 
Psychology Faculty 
University of New Mexicohttp://www.unm.edu/~psych/faculty/lg_gmiller.html

Publications

Title
The Emergence of a Scientific Culture: Science and the Shaping of Modernity
Author
Professor Stephen Gaukroger
Publisher
Oxford University Press, 2006
Description
ISBN 0-199296
 
Title
Darwinism and its Discontents
Author
Michael Ruse
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, 2006
Description
ISBN-10: 052182947X
 
Title
Charles Darwin (Blackwell Great Minds)
Author
Michael Ruse
Publisher
Wiley-Blackwell (April 25, 2008)
Description
ISBN 1405149124
 
Title
Cambridge Companion to the Origin of Species
Author
Michael Ruse, Robert J Richards (Eds)
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, 2008
Description
ISBN-13: 9780521691291
 
Title
Reflections on the Origin of Species
Author
Michael Ruse with David Reznick
Publisher
Princeton University Press, 2008
 
Title
On the Origin of Species
Author
Charles Darwin
Homepage
http://www.literature.org/authors/darwin-charles/the-origin-of-species/
Description
Published in 1859
 
Title
Spent: Sex, evolution and the secrets of consumerism
Author
Geoffrey Miller
Publisher
Viking (forthcoming May 2009)
 
Title
What it Means to be 98% Chimpanzee: Apes, People and Their Genes
Author
Jonathan Marks
Publisher
University of California Press, 2002
 
Title
The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature
Author
Geoffrey Miller
Publisher
Doubleday/Heinemann, 2000
Homepage
http://www.cogsci.ecs.soton.ac.uk/cgi/psyc/newpsy?12.008
Description
Precis of the book at the link above.

Music

Track
Track 09, La Campanella
Album
Francois Rene-Duchable plays Liszt
Composer:
Liszt
Description
Publisher/Copyright: Virgin, 2003
 
Track
Track 01, Happy Birthday
Album
Birthday in Britain
Composer:
Stan Kenton & and his Orchestra
Description
Publisher/Copyright: Crescendo, 1973
 
Track
‘A lady fair’ : Lady Psyche
Artist
D’oyle Carte Opera Company
Album
Princess Ida
Composer:
Gilbert & Sullivan
Description
Publisher/Copyright: Polygram, 1993
 
Track
Track 04, La Creation du monde Op 81
Album
Creation of the World
Composer:
Darius Milhaud
Description
Publisher/Copyright: EMI, 1976

Further Information

Post your comments on the All in the Mind blog
Discussion, debate, comments — add them to the All in the Mind blog!
Charles Darwin 200th birthday on ABC Radio National
Tune into programs right across the year
Evolution – The Festival
with public events happening all over Australia throughout 2009.
Evolution – The Experience
Conference held in Melbourne Australia 8-13 Feb 2009, to celebrate Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday.
Research publications by Professor Jonathan Marks
Research publications by Professor Geoffrey Miller

Credits

Presenter

Natasha Mitchell / Alan Saunders

Producer

Natasha Mitchell / Anita Barraud / Kyla Slaven

Reporter

Natasha Mitchell / Alan Saunders

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